Here's the dumbest thing I've heard all afternoon. Jenny McCarthy posted a video on Facebook "proving" that her house is haunted. She hears a piano playing, yet, as the video shows, nobody is sitting at the piano.
So McCarthy comes to the most logical conclusion: It's a ghost!
The post sets off a wave of "reports," that take the "haunting" as fact.
Conde Nast's Architectural Digest ran a piece saying that McCarthy "realizes" that "it's probably a song from the spirit world." The headline says the video "proves" it. The article's writer says that McCarthy's house "honestly, probably is haunted." (Don't get me started about this use of the word "honestly.")
Billboard Magazine flatly "reports" that "Jenny McCarthy is being haunted by a ghost, and she's got the footage to prove it."
House Beautiful wrote that "I don't know about you, but I'm fully convinced there's a ghost lurking around this house."
Turns out, however, that the piano sound was just McCarthy's own Google Home device powering up.
So far, neither McCarthy nor the air-head publications taking her stupidity seriously are posting corrections.
Jezebel, however, is reporting it under the headline "Are You Kidding Me With This Shit, Jenny McCarthy?"
Yes, Jezebel. That's the right headline.
No, idiots. When one hears a piano sound, the most logical conclusion is not that a ghost is doing it. Video of a piano sound doesn't "prove" that a ghost is haunting some celebrity's house.
Ghosts don't exist. But what's scary is that even in an age of home AI, people with influence can say in public they believe in ghosts, and that publications will report that they believe, too.